30 MW deal in India
CSUN’s wholly-owned subsidiary CEEG (Nanjing) Renewable Energy Co., Ltd. has won a 30 MW contract in India using CSUN’s polycrystalline modules. Shipment is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
PV Expo, Tokyo/Japan – 25-27 February
Intersolar Summit Turkey, Istanbul/Turkey – 18 March
SOLAREX, Istanbul/Turkey – 9-11 April
SNEC, Shanghai/China – 28-30 April
Italy: Plan to halt all solar incentives
Italy’s industry deputy minister Claudio De Vincenti announced at a power conference that the government believes there is no necessity to further promote solar and that the newest decree containing the renewable energy incentives for the next three years will exclude solar.
Only a few days before Italian grid operator Terna had announced that PV had covered a record of 7.53% of the country’s power need in 2014.
Source: PV Magazine 26.1.2015
UK: 700 MW of small-scale PV in 2014
700 MW of PV capacity was added in UK’s FIT-driven small-scale sector last year. According to the Solar Trade Association (STA) a healthy growth of domestic and commercial rooftop solar systems as well as small solar farms.
UK’s residential rooftop PV sector is showing steady and healthy growth: 125,000 homes installed solar systems last year. A growth which for the first time since 2012 triggered a reduction of residential PV FIT (in the UK the FITs are regularly reduced due to volumes being met or a nine-month period being reached). IHS analysts expect an average of 40 MW/month of residential PV in 2015.
Source: PV Magazine, 23.1.2015
Turkey: 3 GW of PV by 2023
Turkish President Erdogan stated at an energy summit that Turkey would double its energy consumption by 2023, making extensive energy investments necessary. The government aims at adding 110 GW to the current 70 GW installed power capacity by 2023. 90% of the country’s power shall be provided by gas, coal and renewable energy alike (30% each) and 10% by nuclear energy. The government’s aim is to reduce natural gas imports, which currently provide the biggest share of Turkey’s power generation (40%). Despite high insolation times, the 2023 target only includes a minimum of 3 GW of solar PV installations. Concerns are voiced in the market that the permitting process for licensed projects is quite slow and inefficient. Currently, the 2013 applications for licensed projects are being evaluated and licenses granted to 600 MW of installed capacity. Submission of applications for new PV licenses will start in April 2015.
In 2014 882 MW of solar and wind capacity were added.
Source: PV Magazine 23.1.2015